This country is having a national conversation around race that is long overdue. As someone who researches prejudice and racism, I'd like to add an observation to the mix: for the most part, one can still get away with discriminating against, humiliating, and co-opting Asians, Asian Americans, and Asian cultures. Just a brief glance at media and pop culture and the stereotypes come rushing forth.
Racism in Asia has roots in events that have happened anywhere from thousands of years ago to the present. Inruling Awami League Member of ParliamentElias Mollah commented on his recent trip to Congo : "Our army has gone there Africa to civilise those black people. I am sure they will accomplish the task.
A lawsuit alleging discrimination against Asian applicants to Harvard has been discussed as though it will determine the future of affirmative action. In reality, the stakes are somewhat different. I received the message as a Harvard employee and an alumna of its law school.
Joe Neel. New results from an NPR survey show that large numbers of Asian-Americans experience and perceive discrimination in many areas of their daily lives. This happens despite their having average incomes that outpace other racial, ethnic and identity groups. Chan School of Public Health, also finds a wide gap between immigrant and nonimmigrant Asian-Americans in reporting discrimination experiences, including violence and harassment.
In the s, Chinese workers migrated to the United States, first to work in the gold mines, but also to take agricultural jobs, and factory work, especially in the garment industry. Chinese immigrants were particularly instrumental in building railroads in the American west, and as Chinese laborers grew successful in the United States, a number of them became entrepreneurs in their own right. As the numbers of Chinese laborers increased, so did the strength of anti-Chinese sentiment among other workers in the American economy.
But often the opposite is true. Our research has found that Asian Americans, especially women, often face significant career hurdles tied to perceptions about ethnicity and race. For one approach, we developed a minute survey that picks up major patterns of racial and gender bias.
A look at the long history of Asian Americans and its role in shaping US identity. The essay also looks at the push-pull factors that have helped define demographic trends in the United States to present day and also covers some darker periods of American history, including the Congressional Exclusionary Act restricting immigration based on race and the Japanese American Internment during WWII. Our children should not be placed in any position where their youthful impressions may be affected by association with pupils of the Mongolian race.
By Adeel Hassan. Harvard has been accused of giving lower personality ratings to Asian-American applicants. Where did these stereotypes come from?
New research says critics of elite colleges' policies may want to pay more attention to what happens after graduation. For months now, the lawsuit against Harvard University over its admissions practices has focused on the idea that affirmative action may be limiting opportunities for Asian Americans. Remove consideration of race, the plaintiffs argue, and Asian Americans will prosper. New research, not focused on Harvard's practices, offers a different perspective on that idea.